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Coutinho A Depth Compensation Method For Cross Ratio Based Eye Tracking

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Traditional cross-ratio methods (TCR) project a light pattern and use invariant properties of projective geometry to estimate the gaze position. Advantages of the TCR methods include robustness to …

Traditional cross-ratio methods (TCR) project a light pattern and use invariant properties of projective geometry to estimate the gaze position. Advantages of the TCR methods include robustness to large head movements and in general requires just a one time per user calibration. However, the accuracy of TCR methods decay significantly for head movements along the camera optical axis, mainly due to the angular difference between the optical and visual axis of the eye. In this paper we propose a depth compensation cross-ratio (DCR) method that improves the accuracy of TCR methods for large head depth variations. Our solution compensates the angular offset using a 2D onscreen vector computed from a simple calibration procedure. The length of the 2D vector, which varies with head distance, is adjusted by a scale factor that is estimated from relative size variations of the corneal reflection pattern. The proposed DCR solution was compared to a TCR method using synthetic and real data from 2 users. An average improvement of 40% was observed with synthetic data, and 8% with the real data.


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  • 1. A depth compensation method for cross-ratio based eye tracking Flavio L. Coutinho Carlos H. Morimoto ∗ Computer Science Department University of S˜ o Paulo a {flc,hitoshi}@ime.usp.br Abstract techniques that compute the 3D line of sight [Beymer and Flickner 2003; Shih and Liu 2003]. Traditional cross-ratio methods (TCR) project a light pattern and use invariant properties of projective geometry to estimate the gaze The original method proposed in [Yoo et al. 2002] has low accuracy position. Advantages of the TCR methods include robustness to though, since it is based on a simple geometrical model. Solutions large head movements and in general requires just a one time per were latter proposed considering more accurate models [Yoo and user calibration. However, the accuracy of TCR methods decay Chung 2005; Coutinho and Morimoto 2006], but still lacking per- significantly for head movements along the camera optical axis, formance under larger movements, specially movements in depth. mainly due to the angular difference between the optical and vi- In this paper we propose a depth compensation cross-ratio (DCR) sual axis of the eye. In this paper we propose a depth compensation method, an extension to these traditional cross-ratio (TCR) meth- cross-ratio (DCR) method that improves the accuracy of TCR meth- ods that presents better performance in the presence of large head ods for large head depth variations. Our solution compensates the movements. angular offset using a 2D onscreen vector computed from a simple The following section presents the CR method in more details and calibration procedure. The length of the 2D vector, which varies identifies the limitations that motivated this work. In section 3 our with head distance, is adjusted by a scale factor that is estimated proposed solution is introduced and an evaluation of it using syn- from relative size variations of the corneal reflection pattern. The thetic data is carried in section 4. Experimental results are shown proposed DCR solution was compared to a TCR method using syn- in section 5 and section 6 concludes the paper. thetic and real data from 2 users. An average improvement of 40% was observed with synthetic data, and 8% with the real data. 2 Overview of the CR method CR Categories: I.2.10 [Vision and Scene Understanding]: Mod- eling and recovery of physical attributes—Eye Gaze Tracking I.3.6 The idea of the CR method [Yoo et al. 2002] is to use four light [Methodology and Techniques]: Interaction techniques—Gaze In- sources attached to the screen corners to generate four corneal re- teraction flections. These reflections are considered as projections of the light sources and the pupil center P is considered to be the projection Keywords: single camera eye gaze tracking, free head motion, of the POR, with the cornea center E as the center of projection. depth estimation, depth compensation When corneal reflections and the pupil are captured by the camera, another projection takes place. Since the composition of two pro- jections is also a projection, the cross-ratio property can be applied 1 Introduction to do a reverse projection of the pupil on the image plane into the POR on the screen plane. The cross-ratio (CR) method for remote eye gaze tracking presented in [Yoo et al. 2002] is an elegant solution to the limitations of the 2.1 Limitations pupil-corneal reflection (PCR) technique. In the PCR technique, gaze is estimated using a mapping from the pupil position (rel- Besides the great potential, large estimation errors are observed by ative to corneal reflections) to screen coordinates, and this map direct application of the basic CR method described above. The is obtained by a position dependent calibration procedure. This work in [Guestrin et al. 2008] presents a deep investigation for the method does not tolerate larger head motions and require frequent reasons for POR estimation error, formally identifying two simpli- system recalibration. By projecting a rectangular light pattern on fying assumptions used by the basic CR method which are not true the cornea surface, the CR method estimates the point of regard in practice. The first assumption is that the pupil center and corneal (POR) using invariant properties of projective geometry. This so- reflection lies on the same plane, whereas pupil location is defined lution avoids the use of a mapping that is position dependent, al- by its distance to the cornea center and also eye rotation. The sec- lowing larger head movements. An additional advantage of the CR −−→ method is that hardware requirements are as simple as the PCR: ond assumption is that the EP vector is the line of sight but, in fact, just a single non calibrated camera with at least four additional it corresponds the optical axis of the eye, which is deviated from the light sources attached to the screen corners of known dimensions visual axis (the actual line of sight). are used. Therefore, it avoids complex hardware setups used by Attempts to improve accuracy were made in [Yoo and Chung 2005; ∗ The Coutinho and Morimoto 2006]. Both works try to compensate these ¸˜ authors would like to thank Coordenacao de Aperfeicoamento de ¸ assumptions by adjusting image points prior to POR calculation. In ¸˜ ` Pessoal de N´vel Superior (CAPES) and Fundacao de Amparo a Pesquisa ı [Yoo and Chung 2005] this adjustment is done by scaling of the do Estado de S˜ o Paulo (FAPESP) for their financial support. a corneal reflections. Each corneal reflection is scaled by an individ- Copyright © 2010 by the Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. ual scale parameter obtained via calibration. The purpose of this Permission to make digital or hard copies of part or all of this work for personal or classroom use is granted without fee provided that copies are not made or distributed scaling is to bring the pupil center and the corneal reflections to a for commercial advantage and that copies bear this notice and the full citation on the common plane. No compensation due to the angular deviation of first page. Copyrights for components of this work owned by others than ACM must be the visual axis from the optical axis is performed, however. The honored. Abstracting with credit is permitted. To copy otherwise, to republish, to post on work in [Coutinho and Morimoto 2006] extends this solution by servers, or to redistribute to lists, requires prior specific permission and/or a fee. Request permissions from Permissions Dept, ACM Inc., fax +1 (212) 869-0481 or e-mail compensating this angular deviation with the addition of a 2D off- permissions@acm.org. set to estimated POR. Scaling of the corneal reflections are also ETRA 2010, Austin, TX, March 22 – 24, 2010. © 2010 ACM 978-1-60558-994-7/10/0003 $10.00 137
  • 2. performed, but a single parameter is used to scale all corneal re- 3.1 Estimating depth change flections instead. A different calibration procedure was proposed to estimate both the scaling factor and the 2D offset. To be able to scale the offset as described by (3), both the reference distance dref and the current distance d values are needed. Alter- This later solution achieves an accuracy of about 1o of visual angle natively, by observing scale changes of the light pattern reflected on and tolerates head movements better than the PCR method. It also the cornea surface it is possible to measure the ratio d/dref without has the advantage of just requiring a one time per user calibration. knowing absolute values of d and dref . However it was also shown that this solution were not able to com- pensate for larger user motions, specially depth motions when the user gets closer or farther to the screen. 3 Depth compensation method First, it is important to understand why changes in depth increases estimation error. Figure 1 illustrates the origin of POR estimation error if no axis offset compensation is applied. Equations (1) and (2) describe the ∆x and ∆y lengths of the offset vector connecting uncorrected estimated POR to actual POR. α and β are the pan and tilt angles of the optical axis relative to the visual axis of the eye. γ and δ are the pan and tilt angles of the visual axis relative to the z axis. d is the distance of the eye to the screen along the z axis. We Figure 2: corneal reflection formation for a single light source. can see by the equations that when the eye translates in the plane parallel to the screen the offset size remains the same, but when Figure 2 illustrates the image formation of corneal reflection from the user translates on the direction perpendicular to the screen the a single light source. Let L1 be the position of light source, O offset size changes linearly. When the eye rotates the offset size the camera’s center of projection, E the cornea center and d the also changes, but a significant contribution comes from the depth distance from O to E. Consider the camera with a focal length of translation. fcam , and the cornea as a spherical mirror with focal length fcor . Consider also that corneal reflection G1 is formed at the focus plane and is projected to point g1 in the image plane. The heights h and h (from G1 and g1 , respectively, to camera axis) are given by: fcor H fcam h h= ,h = (4) d d − fcor Substituting equation for h in equation for h we have: fcam fcor H fcam fcor H h = →h ∼ (5) (d − fcor )d d2 Using the approximation for h (as fcor is much smaller than d) and considering two different distances dref and d with respective heights href and h we have that the ratio d/dref can be computed as follows: Figure 1: source of POR estimation error due to angular offset between visual and optical axis of the eye. d href = (6) dref h ∆x = [tan(α + γ) − tan(γ)] d (1) This way, by measuring size variations of the pattern formed by all four corneal reflections in the image plane, it is possible to esti- mate relative displacements of the cornea from an initial reference tan(β + δ) tan(δ) position. ∆y = − d (2) cos(α + γ) cos(γ) For the DCR method the same calibration procedure of [Coutinho and Morimoto 2006] is used, but in addition to the scale factor By measuring the translation on the z axis, the 2D offset vector and the offset vector parameters, a reference pattern size sizeref is obtained in calibration (performed at distance dref ) can be scaled also computed (relative to calibration distance dref , which does not to its adequate size at current distance d. This solution is not ideal, need to be known). The pattern size measure is taken as the sum of since the orientation and length of the offset vector is a function of the diagonal lengths of the quadrilateral formed by the four corneal both eye distance and rotation, but it compensates the portion of the reflections. Since the calibration procedure involves the user look- the introduced error associated with the translation in the z axis. ing at different points on the screen, the average pattern size for The corrected offset vector can thus be computed by: all calibration points is taken as sizeref . During eye tracking, the ratio d/dref is computed using (6) based on current observed pat- d tern size and sizeref . Using (3), this ratio is then used to calculate −−→ −− −−−→ −−− of f set = of f setref (3) the corrected 2D offset vector that will be applied to the estimated dref POR. 138
  • 3. 4 Evaluation using synthetic data To evaluate the performance of the proposed DCR method, sim- ulations using synthetic data were carried out. Images from the LeGrand eye model [Wyszecki and Stiles 1982] generated by ray tracing were used to simulate the cornea surface, the pupil and corneal reflections. In this model the cornea is a 0.8 cm radius sphere and the pupil is a 0.2 cm radius disc located 0.45 cm from the cornea center. A unified index of refraction of 1.336 is used for the cornea and aqueous humor. The visual axis, with an angular offset of 5.5o from the optical axis, is used to direct the eye model to the observed points. The screen is a 17 inch monitor, which cor- responds to a rectangle of size 34 cm × 27 cm. The camera was Figure 3: depth estimation error (in cm) for the eye at distances positioned 2 cm bellow the middle point of the bottom edge of the from 30 cm to 90 cm relative to the computer screen. screen and the eye was placed along the axis perpendicular to the screen passing through its center. image. No perturbation was added for the calibration points. This The eye was positioned at distances from 30 cm to 90 cm, at in- way the calibrated parameters were the same that were used in the tervals of 10 cm, from the screen. At each position the visual axis previous simulation. of the eye was directed to the center of each cell in a 7 × 7 grid covering the screen. The distance of 60 cm was used as reference Average errors are presented in table 2. At 30 cm distance the use to calibrate the system using points arranged in a 3 × 3 grid. The 9 of the DCR method reduced the average error by 52%, similar to calibration points consists of the the screen center plus the corners what was observed in the first simulation. This is explained by the and the middle points of each edge of the external rectangle of the fact that when the eye is closer to the screen, the corneal reflection 7 × 7 grid. pattern in the images appears with maximum size and the pertur- bation is not so significant compared to farther distances. At 90 The gaze error is defined as the angular difference between the es- cm a 29% reduction was observed. Average reduction for all dis- timated POR to the actual POR. In addition to the DCR method, tances was of 27.5%, a smaller value than what was observed at we also simulated the static offset CR method [Coutinho and Mo- the first simulation, but even under perturbation the DCR method rimoto 2006] for comparison. Average gaze errors are presented was able to improve accuracy of POR estimation. Note that as the in table 1. Observe that at the 60 cm calibration distance the re- eye moves away from the calibration position, the average error for sults were the same for both methods and as the distance from the the dynamic offset method grows at a slower rate than for the static calibration position increases the difference of the gaze error be- method. comes more noticeable. At 30 cm, the average angular error was reduced by 53% when using the DCR method, while at 90 cm a distance static offset DCR - dynamic offset reduction of 63% was observed. The average reduction for all dis- 30 cm 3.79 ± 1.23 1.81 ± 0.77 tances was 43.24%, showing that our depth estimation method can 40 cm 2.29 ± 0.78 1.19 ± 0.55 significantly improve POR estimation accuracy. 50 cm 1.21 ± 0.64 1.00 ± 0.50 Depth estimation errors using the method proposed in section 3 are 60 cm 1.08 ± 0.52 1.08 ± 0.53 shown in Figure 3. Since dref = 60 cm, the distance d was es- 70 cm 1.30 ± 0.53 1.11 ± 0.52 timated using (6) for each eye position. Errors were computed by 80 cm 1.60 ± 0.73 1.10 ± 0.58 subtracting the estimated distance from the actual value. For all eye 90 cm 2.15 ± 0.95 1.52 ± 0.60 distances, the depth estimation error observed was below 8%. Table 2: results obtained when corneal reflections were perturbed. distance static offset DCR - dynamic offset Average errors and standard deviation in degrees. 30 cm 3.82 ± 1.09 1.78 ± 0.65 40 cm 2.12 ± 0.65 1.00 ± 0.41 Table 3 shows depth estimation results based on the reference dis- 50 cm 0.95 ± 0.45 0.66 ± 0.25 tance of 60 cm. It is possible to see that depth estimation is quite 60 cm 0.51 ± 0.16 0.51 ± 0.16 robust to noise. It should be noted, however, that as distance in- 70 cm 0.85 ± 0.22 0.48 ± 0.20 creases the pattern formed by the corneal reflections get smaller in 80 cm 1.33 ± 0.20 0.54 ± 0.23 the images, making the perturbation in the [−1, 1] pixel range more 90 cm 1.73 ± 0.18 0.64 ± 0.22 significant. This is observed by the increase of the standard devia- tion. Table 1: simulation results. Average errors and standard deviation in degrees. distance average estimated distance 30 cm 32.6356 ± 0.0702 40 cm 41.4809 ± 0.1545 4.1 Inaccuracies in feature position estimation 50 cm 50.7194 ± 0.2817 60 cm 59.9514 ± 0.4202 To observe how errors in feature position estimation affects the 70 cm 69.4644 ± 0.6870 DCR method, a condition that can occur when using a real gaze 80 cm 79.0274 ± 1.1479 tracker setup, the same simulations described earlier were repeated 90 cm 88.7901 ± 1.4968 adding perturbations to the positions of the four corneal reflections created by the screen light sources. Perturbations were uniformly Table 3: average depth estimation results and standard deviation distributed in the range of [−1, 1] pixel, and was added indepen- (in cm) for inaccurate corneal reflection detection. dently to the x and y coordinates of each corneal reflection in the 139
  • 4. 5 Experimental results distance static offset DCR - dynamic offset first subject To observe the real performance of the proposed method, a exper- 50 cm 0.95 ± 0.54 0.97 ± 0.47 iment was conducted for two subjects. Both were already familiar 60 cm 0.96 ± 0.43 0.96 ± 0.41 with gaze tracking devices and the experiment was similar to the 70 cm 0.80 ± 0.31 0.62 ± 0.30 simulations. An important difference from the simulation setup is 80 cm 1.14 ± 0.43 1.04 ± 0.56 that a fixed focus camera was used. This way, the user-camera dis- second subject tance remained constant (about 50 cm) when testing different user- 50 cm 1.33 ± 0.55 1.16 ± 0.53 screen distances. In fact it was the screen that was moved during 60 cm 0.68 ± 0.44 0.67 ± 0.43 experiments while the user and camera remained at a fixed posi- 70 cm 1.19 ± 1.07 1.12 ± 1.06 tion. A chin rest was used to keep users at a fixed position and the 80 cm 1.30 ± 1.10 1.11 ± 0.70 screen was placed at distances of 50, 60, 70 and 80 cm from the chin rest. Markers over a table were used to place the screen and Table 4: average gaze estimation error and standard deviation (in the chin rest at the specified positions. Note that the actual user- degrees) for both subjects. screen distance is not the same as the chin rest-screen as the head usually rests about 2-3 cm closer to the screen. However as head position is fixed, there will always be a 10 cm translation between visual axis of the eye with a fixed 2D offset vector applied directly each screen position. The dimension of the used screen is 34 cm × on the onscreen gaze estimates. As the length of the 2D offset vec- 27 cm. tor varies with head motion, particularly with depth, the use of a At each screen position the users looked at 49 tests points (center of fixed vector does not suffice to accurately estimate the POR in the each cell of a 7×7 grid covering the screen) and a image (640×480 presence of large depth changes. Our proposed method dynami- pixels) was captured for each of them. Calibration was performed cally adjusts the vector by a scale factor derived from relative depth for the distance of 60 cm, and the 9 calibration points were ex- change estimation. The main contribution of our method to cur- tracted from the 49 test points in the same way that was done in rent CR techniques is an 8% accuracy improvement using real user the simulations. Due to the fact that a fixed focus camera was used, data and a 40% improvement using synthetic data. Our method is keeping the user-camera distance constant, the ratio d/dref had to very simple to compute and does not require any extra hardware. A be computed differently: relevant discovery from our experimental data is that eye roll (rota- tion along the z axis), which was not considered in our simulation model, may be a significant source of error. Future work includes d sizeref further investigation for a solution that dynamically adjusts not only = (7) dref size the length of the 2D offset vector but also its orientation. Average angular estimation errors are shown in table 4. When DCR References method was used, an average reduction of 7.29% in the average er- ror was observed for the first subject, while for the second subject B EYMER , D., AND F LICKNER , M. 2003. Eye gaze tracking using the reduction was of 8.69%. Depth compensation improves accu- an active stereo head. 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In This paper has presented a solution to the problem shared by cur- FGR ’02: Proceedings of the Fifth IEEE International Confer- rent cross-ratio (CR) remote eye tracking methods regarding accu- ence on Automatic Face and Gesture Recognition, IEEE Com- racy decay with changes in eye position along the optical axis of puter Society, Washington, DC, USA, 101. the camera. [Coutinho and Morimoto 2006] have presented a so- lution that compensates the angular offset between the optical and 140

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